Irish bagpipes solo, with Alex Brown, piano, Columbia 33558-F, also released in England. The great Sligo fiddler Michael Coleman recorded this setting of this reel in 1944, on a disc for radio broadcast. Another setting, more suited to the fiddle, is now played, under the strange corrupted title "Graf Spee" - a WWI German battleship. The title here itself is a corruption of the original "Sir Arthur Grant's Strathspey." Beirne also recorded with his "Irish Blackbirds Orchestra," and made a further pair of pipe solos two years later. He played a set by Chicago maker Patrick Hennelly.
May 24, 2014 Subject:
In Cape Breton this is a much played 4 part key C strathspey first recorded by Angus Chisholm in 1935. It appeared as Rothemurches Rant - Strathspey in Bremner's Collection c. 1757 and it has been published with that title many, many, times since. I haven't heard the referenced Grant title .. though apparently the Grants were known fiddlers in the strathspey region.
Angus Cumming's Collection aka A Collection of Old Highland Reels or Strathpeys(c.1778) was a compilation of traditional music from the area which apparently spawned the strathspey form. He called it Rothemurches's Reell or Tigh'ndun. In his small volume of 58 traditional tunes, there were 8 other tunes which included the surname Grant.
In Irish circles it is often played as a reel:
i. 4 parts in Ryan's Mammoth as Winnie Green's Favorite Reel (in C)
ii. 3 Part's in O'Neill's - as Western Lasses (in C)
iii. 3 Part's in O'Neill's - as Galbally Lasses (in D - parts out of order)
iv. 5 Parts played by Bobby Casey as 'The Graf Spee" (in C)
Does anybody know where Casey got the 5th turn?
January 22, 2008 Subject:
I eat crow
According to Matt Seattle, the tune is included in the 1770s Vickers manuscript as "The Grants of Strathspey."